Matthew Hyde


I am a qualified literary translator from Estonian and Russian to English, originally from Norwich, UK, now based in Tallinn, Estonia.

My career to date has included a total of ten years living in Russia and Estonia.   

Prior to becoming a literary translator I worked for the British Government for 15 years, as a translator, research analyst, policy officer and diplomat. My last two postings were as Political Secretary, British Embassy Moscow and Deputy Head, British Embassy Tallinn.

I have also written articles on the subject of language, literature and translation for academic journals and newspapers.

I am currently studying double bass at the Estonian Academy of Music.

Published translations

Meelis Friedenthal, The Willow King, Pushkin Press, forthcoming early 2017

Rein Raud, Death of the Perfect Sentence, Vagabond Voices, forthcoming early 2017

Toomas Vint, The Sweepstakes of Love, Dalkey Archive Press, April 2016

Andrey Ivanov, Jackdaw on a Snowdrift, Words Without Borders, October 2015

Eeva Park, Dog’s Life, Words Without Borders, October 2015

Ilmar Taska, Apartment to Let, Dalkey Archive Press Best European Fiction 2016, November 2015

Ilmar Taska, A Car Called Victory, Estonian Literary Magazine, 1/2015

Rein Raud, The Demise of Engineer G, Dalkey Archive Press Best European Fiction 2015, November 2014

Vladimir Solovyev, Empire of Corruption, Glagoslav Publications, December 2014

Translation-related articles

The View From Estonia, In Other Words: The Journal for Literary Translators, forthcoming Spring 2017

Andrey Ivanov: Estonia’s Russian Author, Asymptote Journal, July 2016

In the Services of Estonian Cultural Diplomacy, Estonian Literary Journal, 1/2015

Long Live Eesti Keel, Postimees, 21/2/2013

Education and qualifications

-UK Institute of Linguists Diploma in Translation, specialised papers in social sciences and literature (distinction for literature paper, 1997)

-BA (hons) Russian Studies, including literature and translation (2.1, distinction for spoken Russian, University of London, 1996)

-MA Politics (Distinction and prize for best student, Essex University, 1999)

-Estonian State Language Exam, C1 (2013)

-UK Foreign Office ‘extensive’ level Russian qualification, equivalent to C1 level (2008)

- Estonian Literature Centre master class in literary translation (Tallinn University February 2014, Estonian Literature Centre February 2015)


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